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WHO WE ARE

BIA STAFF

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Kanako Asai (She/Her)

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

As Co-Director of the BIA, Kanako's main duties include managing all things at the Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center. She strives every day to provide a space that is welcoming and inclusive for all. Serving as a hub for the BIA's numerous services like affordable counseling, the AWC is also home to a martial arts dojo and several non-profit partners and regularly hosts diverse wellness programs such as yoga, dance, and tutoring for all community members to enjoy.  

Kanako has been a proud Broadmoor resident since 2009. Her work with the BIA started as a Block Captain, Communications Consultant, and most recently the AWC Office Manager. Kanako attended Tulane University Newcomb College (2006) to study Psychology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and completed her Masters from the Tulane University School of Social Work (2007). Following Katrina, she worked as a school social worker before opening a retail boutique called Kawaii NOLA on Magazine Street. Kanako has also worked for several local businesses including Mignon Faget, Lionheart Prints, and Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Bookshop.

Kanako loves that so many neighborhood gems like the Keller Library, El Pavo Real, and Hey Cafe are within walking distance. In her free time, she loves to explore the city with her kids and support small businesses. She enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and DIY craft projects.

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Marion Boreros (She/They)

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

As Co-Director of the BIA, Marion oversees the wellness team and the many community programs sponsored by the BIA. In addition, they maintain a caseload of therapy clients and manage the MSW internship program. Marion hopes to continue helping the BIA grow to serve the most important needs of the neighborhood.

 

Born and raised in New Orleans, Marion attended Loyola New Orleans for undergrad and moved out of state to attend the University of Southern California for their Masters in Social Work. She is trained in Relational Gestalt therapy and certified in Perinatal Mental Health and LGBTQ+ care. Marion has worked with a wide variety of people and programs in the last 8 years she’s been in social services and those experiences have both informed and equipped her to be of service at the BIA.

They love walking along the wellness trail and critter spotting in the community gardens. She also loves spending time with their dog Pearl, costuming, and doing all things New Orleans.

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Natori Green (She/Her)

Community Relations Manager

As Community Relations Manager, Natori leads the BIA’s engagement with the

neighborhood with BIA core staff. She is responsible for the BIA’s volunteer coordination efforts and manages quality of life concerns in the community. Natori leads various community programs and events, including EatMoor and SpringMoor, the Tool Lending Library, and the Broadmoor Community Gardens. Natori is a lifelong Broadmoor resident and enjoys servicing the community she grew up in. She loves walking the Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Trail.

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Jonah Quinn (He/Him)

ASSISTANT CLINICAL COORDINATOR

Jonah primarily provides talk therapy services for individuals and couples. He also supports our social work interns with group supervision and through educational presentations about particular therapy concepts. He has been integral in getting the bi-monthly Repair Cafe program up and running! Jonah's role at BIA is expanding as he takes over running our Continuing Education Units program for mental health professionals and expands our internal professional development services.

 

Jonah received his MSW from SUNO in 2018, and is Advanced Trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Level 1 Trained in Internal Family Systems. Jonah is a big fan of the lo-mein plate at Cajun Seafood! He is fascinated by all ways of trying to live more intentionally, odd but intuitive ways of moving our bodies, and the limits of human vulnerability. He loves plants and our human relationships with them and loves building with alternative materials.

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AK Singleton (She/They)

Administrative Programs Assistant

AK  helps to cover front desk shifts while providing support for our community programs and administrative assistance. 

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Laura Decuir (She/Her)

Social Work Intern

Laura Decuir is a Louisiana native who has lived in New Orleans for the last decade. She graduated from Tulane University with a BFA in Music in 2014 and MA in English in 2015, and is currently a student of the Tulane Masters of Social Work program. She has worked for several years in fundraising development for higher education at Tulane. In her role at the BIA, Laura focuses on case management and clinical work. Laura is passionate about mental health, music and arts, improv comedy, and funny cat videos.

DESK AMBASSADORS

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Joan Alberts (She/Her)

DESK AMBASSADOR

Ms. Joan answers phones, clears the voicemail, organizes the mail, and helps direct community members who are looking for services. She also works at the Keller Community Center,answering phones and helping people using the Center for meetings and events.

Ms. Joan has an Associates Degree in Business and is a retired Army veteran of the US Army. She loves being in community with her BIA family and community members who visit the Centers. You can often find her reading or working on crossword puzzles and word searches!

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Alex Jones (She/They)

DESK AMBASSADOR

She is the friendly face that greets you at the door! Alex answers calls, assists guests and employees alike, and keeps things running smoothly behind the desk! They love to be of service and improve others days however they can, so feel free to drop by the desk with a favor or just a friendly word! Alex adores the library! She thinks the Keller Community Center and Library is one of the best in the city and recommends a bagel from Laurel St. Bakery and good books any way you read them! As an artist, Alex loves to learn and discuss anything art related -- fashion, ceramics, fine art, crafts, anything and everything! She is also an aspiring polyglot, currently learning Korean and

German so please come practice with them!

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Reese Jones (He/Him)

DESK AMBASSADOR

He loves being of service to the BIA staff and community members looking for help. Reese's favorite part of Broadmoor is the community gardens. He loves all kinds of books and music, and is an avid baker!

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Jean Satterfield (She/Her)

DESK AMBASSADOR

She greets and guides callers and visitors of the Arts and Wellness Center and the

Keller Community Center. Ms. Jean loves informing community members about BIA activities and history. She also assists class and event facilitators in the Centers.

Ms. Jean has been with the BIA since 2018, and is not looking to retire anytime soon! She loves animals, music and the arts, homemaking, and sewing clothes. Ms. Jean is looking forward to increasing BIA's capacity to serve the unhoused community in New Orleans.

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Bernard Smith (He/Him)

DESK AMBASSADOR

He is coming to us from the Asociacion Nacional Pro Personas Mayores (ANPPM) program. Mr. Bernard works the front desk at the Arts and Wellness Center, the Keller Community Center, and helps run the Broadmoor Boutique. He loves helping inform guests with all the services BIA provides. Working at the BIA has helped Mr. Bernard meet many people across all walks of life, helping to develop his own skills and open up doors for him!  His favorite part of Broadmoor is the Broadmoor Boutique, where he loves gaining sales and management experience and serving the community.

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Joyce Stewart (She/Her)

DESK AMBASSADOR

Joyce is a part of the Asociacion Nacional Pro Personas Mayores (ANPPM) program. 

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Rene (She/Her)

DESK AMBASSADOR

Rene is a desk ambassador at the Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center.

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

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Justin Boone

President, Subgroup C

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Tim Traycoff
Vice President, Subgroup C

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Erica Peterson
Secretary, Subgroup A

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Diana Hernandez
Subgroup C

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Kimberly L Woodard
Subgroup B

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Elaine Looney
Appointed

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